First, we had The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which attempted to play its hand of comedy cards last week and failed miserably. It’s hard to say what made audiences so disinterested, but it’s clear that not even Steve Carell could pull the wool over our eyes with a goofy, over-the-top comedy about Las Vegas magic.
The second film in 2013 to play the magic cards is Now You See Me, directed by Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans, The Incredible Hulk). I’m not sure what to think of this film as of yet, as I don’t really have a lot of faith in Leterrier. Something tells me the guy is just struggling to gain some clout with studios. Based on news through the grapevine, Clash was made worse by studio involvement, which was why he chose not to return to direct Wrath of the Titans. So, I’m not ready to toss him to the curb yet.
The new images that were released yesterday feature the entire cast, including Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Melanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. I’m excited to see all these guys together, particularly Harrelson and Eisenberg, who were fantastic together in Zombieland.
As for the new poster, it’s channeling Oceans 11/12/13... I can’t un-see that now.
Anyway, check out the images below, followed by the film’s synopsis.
Now You See Me opens May 31, 2013.
The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic Michael Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), perform a pair of high-tech magic shows, first astonishing audiences by robbing a bank on another continent, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members’ bank accounts.
FBI Special Agent Dylan Hobbs (Mark Ruffalo) is determined to make the magicians pay for their crimes—and to stop them before they pull off what promises to be an even more audacious heist. But he’s forced to partner with Alma Vargas (Melanie Laurent), an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious. Out of desperation he turns to Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), a famed magic debunker, who claims the bank heist was accomplished using disguises and video trickery. One thing Dylan and Alma agree on is that the Horsemen must have an outside point person, and that finding him (or her) is key to ending the magicians’ crime spree. Could it be Thaddeus? Or Alma? Or could it really be…magic?
As pressure mounts and the world awaits the Horsemen’s spectacular final trick, Dylan and Alma race to find an answer. But it soon becomes painfully clear that staying one step ahead of these masters of illusion is beyond the skills of any one man—or woman